Green Steps - Home - Connecting you with nature
“An understanding of the natural world is a source of not only great curiosity, but great fulfillment”.
- David Attenborough
An age appropriate hands-on curriculum exploring the relationship between you, me and the planet.
Our ecological system is close to a tipping point of a no return climate change. It is now that we must act.
By taking small and gentle steps towards changing the way we interact with nature.
It is the spirit of the child that can determine the course of human progress and lead it perhaps even to a higher form of civilization.
- Maria Montessori
Experience starts with a direct interaction with the subject of study. By being personally engaged, our whole self is actively involved in the process of understanding. It is more than just an intellectual activity, it involves senses, feelings and personality.
Through collective exchange of ideas we can understand a wider picture of a phenomena. We practice listening, respect and tolerance to others. By using appropriate terminology to describe what we experience we build our vocabulary and communication skills.
The information gathered helps to create a model, using abstract thinking we conceptualize a phenomenon. We try to understand the cause and consequences, the timeline and the key elements that shape a situation. This develops visualization, creativity and critical thinking.
Exploring perspectives for what we are learning, finding the relation with others and the planet, we develop our ecological mindset and get a sense of the big picture, the interconnectedness of things and what Maria Montessori calls cosmic intelligence.
Apply what has been learned to other contexts. Combine several areas of knowledge to create new solutions. Engage with the surroundings, develop a sense of belonging and become an active member of the community, build a better future.
Our goals for 2021
Nature activities will be designed
Nature guides will be trained and certified
kilograms of waste will be removed from nature
Articles on nature education will be published
learning communities will join our journey
Participants will be connected with nature
Freely Chosen Play
Play is a fundamental element of human nature. It is, in fact, a necessity specifically crucial during our early years. The outdoor classroom provides us with an environment where free play is a central element, while freedom contributes to develop confidence, self-esteem, autonomy and character development.
XXI Century Youth Skills
The UN celebrates on July 15th every year the World Youth Skills Day. One might ask: why? Do youth skills have a similar importance as e.g. the eradication of poverty? This short article argues that youth skills are the very foundation for the eradication for almost all miseries our world suffers from.
The Hoopoe Summit 2021
From the 2nd to the 11th of July 35 young people between 16 and 30 years from all over Europe came together in Apetlon in the national park Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel in Austria for the first ever Hoopoe Summit. The main objective of the event was to create the Hoopoe Declaration, a document outlining the participant’s demands for the future of Europe.